February 6, 2019, Last February’s Flood, Exploits Of The USS Alligator

Atmosphere:

We are expecting heavy rains over the next couple of days with rises in streams and rivers almost guaranteed. Let us hope this event will not approach the one that brought widespread floods in Kentucky one year ago this month. From the NWS history page:

“Repeated rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall across the entire Ohio River basin totaled between 8 to 9 inches along and on either side of the Ohio River from February 15 to March 1. These totals were 200 to 400% above normal values for mid to late February. The large areal extent of the excessive rainfall led to significant rises on area rivers, including the Ohio River. This was the biggest flood on the Ohio River in Louisville since March 1997.” Pictures and details here.

Thunderstorms and highs in the 70’s will all end Thursday night with a cold front that will bring in overnight lows in the teens.

Art:

Woman Reading by the Window, 1909 Karl Harald Alfred Broge (Danish, 1870-1955)

Thought:

To this fan of nautical history, the records of the US Naval vessel “Alligator” read almost like a screenplay. She was one of five schooners built for the suppression of slavery and piracy during the presidency of James Monroe. Set her story in space and you have a season or two of “Star Trek.” Read more at the Naval History & Heritage Command.


“I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever’s going on.”

Jon Stewart

Thought of the day provided by Thomas Brown – Madwillow Creekhouse.